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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Flying with Brenda, yet again

Have you considered my servant Job? The Lord allowed Satan to afflict Job with painful sores from the top of his head to the soles of his feet. (Job 2:1). As he sat among the ashes, his wife suggested he should "Curse God and die!" (2:9) His three friends arrived to comfort him. They were quiet and comforting until they opened their mouth and began to analyze his situation. They started to propose an action plan and to give him reasons for why he had been afflicted. With pain absolutely unimaginable Job waited for the Lord to reveal himself. What soothed his pain as he waited?..."Job took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. (Job 2:8). Our lives include bits of broken pottery. God can use your scars, your mistakes, your shortcomings, your failures, and the pain you experience to deepen your understanding of HIS grace. He can use them to teach, preach, comfort, reach, and encourage others. These broken bits of pottery makes you real. God loves to use "real" people.
Jesus' body was broken for you and for me. His crucifixion was horrific! He was wounded in every manner they could possibly imagine. But, the one thing they could not do was to break the prophecy that was spoken over Him by His Father. The Messiah: Not One of His Bones Broken King David knew that to stand for truth meant to fall prey to those who hated the truth. This kind of opposition was something that he experienced throughout much of his reign as king over Israel. The book of Psalms is filled with David's heartfelt curses against his adversaries. But in the midst of his trials, he also knew that God was a deliverer. David had seen many times when God's hand moved and enemies fled or were destroyed.   
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